YOU BE THE JUDGE: The Associated Press vs Project Censored
The results for top news stories of 2009 are in and it’s time to compare them. Following, on the left, are the top 10 news stories of 2009 according to 117 U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press annual poll released 12/21/09. On the right are the top 10 CENSORED news stories of 2008-2009 according to Project Censored, America’s longest running news media research project. Which list do you think contains the most important stories for the American people to know about? Which stories appear to be written by stenographers rather than investigative journalists? And, are there any “Junk Food News” stories on either list? You be the judge.

1. The Economy                                     1. US Congess Sells Out to Wall Street
2. Obama Inauguration                           2. US Schools are More Segregated Today
3. Health Care                                         3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates
4. Auto Industry                                      4. Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina

5. Swine Flu                                            5. Europe Blocks US Toxic Products

6. Afghanistan                                        6. Business Booms for Lobbyists

7. Michael Jackson Dies                         7. Obama’s Military Appointments Corrupt Past

8. Fort Hood Rampage                           8. Bailed Out Banks and America’s Wealthiest Cheat IRS

9. Edward Kennedy Dies                       9. US Arms Used for War Crimes in Gaza

10. Miracle on Hudson                        10. Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate